Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign finds itself in freefall after its policy shop in Washington D.C. collapsed due to numerous key staffers quitting – after not being paid for months.
Trump touts his business acumen as the main reason why the American people should vote for him, but his business model is built on the backs of hard working employees who do not receive compensation.
The DC office of Trump’s campaign was the driving force behind the little heralded, but necessary, grunt work which keeps a candidate moving throughout election season.
Trump’s campaign spokesperson Jason Miller acknowledged the office’s efforts, “The policy shop has been very successful with the campaign. It’s been a large part of the reason Trump has gone on such a positive run over the month of August.”
The irony is most of the policy shop’s staff called it quits with the campaign in August as well. The staff fled Trump’s flag after they were not paid for over a five month period of time from April to August.
Several former policy shop staffers who are legally bound by Non-Disclosure Agreements to not speak broke their silence to show their contempt for the faux-billionaire. One staffer who spoke to the Washington Post said:
It was understood that we would be paid. The campaign never discussed how much the pay would be. It was never in writing. There were some people who were treating it as a full-time job. I suspect that those people were quite astonished when the pay didn’t come through.
A different staffer stated, “It’s a complete disaster. They use and abuse people. The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.” In response Trump’s campaign said, “No such oral agreements were made.”
It is a shameful fact that 62 percent of Americans have an average savings of around $1,000. One can imagine the surprise of staffers who spent nearly half a year working for the promise of pay only to discover they would be receiving nothing in compensation from the reptilian Trump, who literally owns buildings which are glittering with gold.
Trump’s policy of not paying individuals who perform services for him go back to the beginning of his career as a failed businessman. That abject theft of services is the type of capitalism Republicans cheer. In total Trump has been involved in a staggering 3,500 lawsuits, in which hundreds were related to his refusal to pay his bills according to an investigation conducted by USA TODAY:
At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.
In standard fare for the Trump campaign, they offer the spinster story that these lawsuits and allegations of wrongdoings were decades ago, and that the cases were handled amicably with those who brought forward litigation.
However, in May Trump’s Miami Resort Management LCC settled a lawsuit with 48 employees of his Miami golf resort over unpaid wages.
Trump’s DC office’s fall from grace is just the latest example of Trump’s predatory business practices. These were individuals who were toiling away on Trump’s side. One’s imagination should dance at the possibilities of what would happen to everyday American workers if they have the to experience the disastrous implications of attempting to earn a living under President Trump.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.